For the fifth time since joining GRL Law in 2018, Colin Murphy was once again named to the Great Plains Super Lawyers list in 2022, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 5 percent of attorneys in the region receive this distinction.
GRL recently put its knowledge of drug identification procedures to the test in a case involving alleged THC vape liquid. Police seized a vape cart during a traffic stop. Field testing of the liquid extract showed a positive color change indicating the possible presence of marijuana. Frequent readers of the GRL Law blog know that […]
Colin saved us! I can’t say enough nice things about him. He helped us with an issue with our college son related to underage drinking that could have ended badly without Colin’s help. He was able to provide us a great strategy and then executed it seamlessly. Highly recommend him and his firm.
The impaired driving defense attorneys at GRL get results. A recent case in Mitchell County demonstrates how effective we can be when the stakes are highest. We recently took over a case from another attorney after the State refused to budge on a felony OWI and trial looked inevitable. After unpacking it, we discovered several […]
Readers of the GRL Law blog are no doubt familiar with the firm’s efforts to protect the privacy rights of Iowans in State v. Wright. That’s the 2021 ruling from the Iowa Supreme Court that banned police from trespassing on your curbside garbage and searching it without a warrant. Predictably, the law enforcement community threw […]
There was a time when the observation of marijuana seeds on the floorboard of a vehicle provided probable cause to search. Why? Because the definition of “marijuana” under Iowa law includes cannabis seeds. However, with the passage of the Iowa Hemp Act, Iowa Code chapter 204, that may no longer be the case. “Hemp” in […]
The state recently moved to amend a charge to public intoxication from OWI in a North Iowa case involving a test refusal. Why the amendment? The drunk driving attorneys at GRL Law were prepared to show that our client, a lifetime smoker, never refused testing. Instead, the officer deemed her to have refused after a […]
On February 3, 2022, the Worth County Magistrate found our client not guilty of the charge of Following Too Closely. An Iowa State Trooper testified that two semi-trucks passed him in the left lane. The rear truck, which was operated by our client, was within five feet of the other. However, the trooper had not […]
Frequent visitors to the GRL Law Blog are no doubt familiar with our approach to defending medical marijuana charges. The drug defense lawyers recently raised this reciprocity defense in two separate cases. The first dealt with raw cannabis flower purchased in another state with a valid medical card. The other concerned edibles. In both cases, […]
The drunk driving lawyers at GRL Law successfully negotiated yet another resolution to preserve a client’s CDL. After winning the DOT and suppression hearings, we leveraged those results by convincing the county attorney to amend the OWI to public intoxication and reckless driving with no jail time. The DOT would have disqualified the client’s CDL […]